Constantly pushing the boundaries of post hardcore and all genres really when you look at the instruments used and the sounds produced by them,
I’m not even sure that you can stick a label on this band, and I don’t think
that you should.
I’m not being biased; they are one of my favourite bands and have been since they essentially changed my musical life when I first heard them in
2006. Back then they were changing things, and they have continued to evolve over the next 6 years. They have gone from mixing their heavy rock with dance to mixing it with the ever popular dub step sounds, they have moved well with the times. If you think that the album versions are too heavy for you, then I wouldn’t suggest seeing them live. I’ve seen them live about five times and from their live show you can tell why they have been such a hit across the pond as well. Their music is so energetic and their live shows transcend that, if it’s possible.
Enough of me blabbing on about how much I adore this band, let’s get down to ‘AFFOC’ itself. It is very much politically based, in terms of lyrics, this is something that has crept into their music over recent times and it is now the dominant topic. Again this shows how up to date the band are, not just in the style of music but the content on which it is based.
The album opens with a bang, you can see how the opening skit ‘System…’ is going to work live, as it gently builds and builds before the first full song
‘…Metldown’ begins. This is followed up by the very aggressive single ‘Sssnakepit ‘.
The political and social themes are in abundance in the songs ‘Search Party’and ‘Gandhi mate, Gandhi’, which call for real social and political change, something that I think a lot of people can relate to at the moment. This really is an album for the people, it’s not full of love songs and that crap that we get from a lot of acts, pop and rock alike, it touches on a lot of very poignant subjects.
I guess you can take it either way; you can argue that it’s a bit pretentious and why should we care what their opinion is? But I think it’s good for a band like this to voice an opinion, not to make youths angry and hate the world… (we’re not emo anymore) but to send a message to their ever growing fan
base through their music.
It’s very much a fuck you to governments around the world, touching on subjects from social unemployment to climate change. (yes the subject matter is heavy as well)
It depends how you want to listen to an album like this, you get taken in by the lyrics or you can get caught up the musicality of it, enjoying the heavy rock / dub-step through to the chilled ballads such as‘stalemate’. Again I think that it is good for an album to have these two factors, it gives it depth and longevity. Long live Shikari.
But enough from me, if you haven’t gone out already and bought this, and you are a fan, shame on you. If you are only just hearing of this band and fancy something new, then get ready for a musical revolution.